Thursday, May 27, 2010

Marine Life: A Glorified Glitzy Seahorse

It seems like at least once (if not twice) a year, MAC comes out with a collection or particular item that sends makeup lovers into a frenzy. This collection (see the 2009 Hello Kitty) or item has an unexplainable ability to create numerous "lemmings," (or intense desire for a product beyond rational), break banks, and inspire eBay scalpers. Ladies and gentleman, I present to you this season's MAC "must have" at $26.

I'll guess if you're reading my blog, you already know about Marine Life from the To the Beach collection and hype surrounding it. Marine Life was featured in Elle and Allure, selling out online within hours. I was initially interested in this beauty powder (to be used as a highlighter and/or blush) for the following reasons:
-Beauty Powders work well for me and my skin tone/type.
-I'm still on the search for a decent coral blush.
-It's, um, a seahorse.
-It's pretty.
These reasons, though superficial (it's makeup), seemed enough to warrant a purchase so I asked about the product at my local MAC counter a few days before the collection's release date. They hadn't received any Marine Life at the time and still haven't to this date. The other two MAC counters had sold out within two hours. I was told I could continue to check back at my usual MAC counter but I think I'll pass.

Sure, it's a really pretty product and unusual in its packaging. However, in my mind (and this is coming from a certified makeup addict), no product is worth this much effort. In fact when I actually saw the Marine Life tester in person, I was a little disappointed. Once the gold overspray fades, you're left with a raised seahorse in clown orange and baby pink powder. I know my opinion is not a popular one ( is blowing up with positive reviews and messages) but I think I'll save my money for the Venomous Villains collection. There's always another collection, another must have, and more hype waiting for MAC addicts.